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What do you feel when you hear the encouragement to continue in prayer? Are you grateful for the encouragement, or do you feel guilty, because you don't feel like you're praying as you ought, and you need to start in prayer, rather than continuing in prayer?
Don't operate from a position of guilt. Sin is at work in each of us, pulling us away from how we are called to live. Rather look forward in hope, trusting in the Holy Spirit to build you into the person God is calling you to build, trusting in the Savior who bled and died to redeem you from sin before you even took a breath on this planet.
And while continuing in prayer, remember to pray for others, praying not for their best life now, but rather that God may open doors for the mystery of Christ to be proclaimed and made clear to those around Christians. May each of us endeavor to serve God by praying for the world, that those of us in the church would be bold enough to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel to the world, doing so graciously, that others may come to know the amazing grace and mercy of God.